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Head to the Kentucky Derby with style

what to wear to the kentucky derby
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what to wear to the kentucky derby
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Heading to the Kentucky Derby this year? Don’t pack your suitcase until you have the most fitting (and fabulous) attire.

The Kentucky Derby has been a part of southern tradition for 137 years. Individuals from throughout the region have made the mecca to Kentucky Oaks and Churchill Downs for “the greatest two minutes in sports.”

But before you pack your bags, take a close look at what you plan to wear. Fashion plays a huge role in the events—probably just as important as the betting in some circles—and it’s important to look the part of a derby fan. We’ve located a few great clothing boutiques in Atlanta to help you prepare. There are a few things your wardrobe must include:

Women’s Hats: Going to the derby with a bare head is like walking into a sports bar without any pants. You’ll get stared at, and people will likely assume the worst of you. Besides, there aren’t too many occasions where women still wear ostentatious hats, so you may as well seize this opportunity. The bigger, the better! Stop by Larisa Glazirani on Peachtree Rd. or Tuggles Hat Gallery online to pick up your head wear.

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Men’s Sports: Derby tradition calls for lightly-colored sports coats. This is mainly because it’s so hot and wearing dark colors is a sort of death sentence. Pair your light jacket with khakis or dress slacks. Make your outfit pop with a bow tie or another piece of flashy neck wear. Find what you need at any H. Stockton location or Sid Mashburn in West Atlanta.

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Cool Shades: While your packing, why not coordinate a few pairs of stylish sunglasses to perfectly compliment your attire? Find shades that are as big as your face can handle, not only because they’re fashionable but also because they’ll protect you better. Aim for UVA/UVB protection eyewear. Moda 404 in Buckhead has excellent options for men; ladies may prefer Lex:Marq Optique, which makes house calls throughout the Atlanta area.

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  • What about They’re my favorite online hat resource. They have designers from around the world, wide price ranges and great derby style hats and fascinators.

    • Hi Abbey, I primarily feature locally-owned shops. It does seem that your website has a great inventory for online shoppers. We wish you much success!